The New Year is rung in with a top-of-the-table shootout in League Two between Northampton and Leyton Orient while managerless Crawley head for Newport hoping yet another change in the dugout can make a difference.
Jon Brady's men have picked up just one point from games against Mansfield and Swindon since Christmas and after the Os have left town the Cobblers are off to the north-west for a searching double header against Salford and Stockport.
The 2-1 loss to Swindon ended Northampton's nine-game unbeaten run and has given renewed hope to those clubs behind them.
The worry for Town fans and backers is that they have failed to win half of their home games this season while rampant Orient boast the best away record in the division.
Crawley's owners have thrown the dice once again, firing boss Matt Etherington after just 34 days in charge.
He was Crawley's fourth boss in the last eight months with the club looking for another head coach to try to drag them away from trouble.
Crawley's 2-1 home loss to Sutton was the last straw for Etherington, denying him the chance of a showdown with Newport who the Sussex club have beaten 2-1 on each of their last two clashes.
Bradford and Salford, two of League Two's heavyweights, have yet to throw any consistent punches yet still find themselves in and around the promotion picture.
Mark Hughes' Bradford had lost four in a row – three in the league and 0-1 at Salford in the Football League Trophy – before pipping Harrogate 1-0.
Salford meanwhile have bounced back from a wretched November and there is just a point between these two.
They have met twice this season with Bradford winning 1-0 at Salford in the league before the Manchester mob avenged that in the EFL Trophy.
South-west London rivals Sutton United and AFC Wimbledon meet for just the second time as league clubs, with Sutton hoping to complete the double over their neighbours.
It was 1-0 to Sutton when the teams met in October though Wimbledon got their own back a month later with a 1-0 win of their own in the Football League Trophy.
That defeat for the Dons against Sutton was their last league reverse as they take a 10-game unbeaten streak to Gander Green Lane where Matt Gray's men have won their last three in a row.
This season's previous meetings suggest a tight, tense affair while this is also a game which could well feature its share of cards, certainly yellow, maybe even a red.
There were five yellows when they met at Plough Lane and no teams in League Two have picked up more cards than these two.
It's second versus bottom and the Gills have still only managed to score seven times in 22 matches with 11 defeats to nil.